There is an intimate relationship between technique and creativity. If a single column tie and frictions are enough to create an infinite number of tie variations, it is great to have a few more knots in your toolbox to express yourself. Hitches are especially handy; they are a family of knots used to bind a rope to an object, including another rope.

The goal of this week is to get a deeper understanding of a few hitches, and to use them to explore your own creativity. We will look into even more hitches in Week 31.

Day 8: Half Hitch – Practice half hitches by making structures inspired by dreamcatchers.
Day 9: Clove Hitch – Learn different methods to tie a clove hitch and use them to make gag or a tie that wraps the body.
Day 10: Crossing Hitch – aka Munter hitch – Study the structure of the crossing hitch and practice the technique with an improvised net by making a crossing hitch every time two lines crosses.
Day 11: Reverse Crossing Hitch – aka reverse Munter hitch – Learn to tie a crossing hitch in the opposite direction and practice it with a rope cage that will use different types of hitches to create symmetry.
Day 12: Inline Cuff – aka Hojo cuff – Learn how to create cuff with the middle of the rope and create beautiful patterns using them.
Day 13: Cow Hitch – Learn the cow hitch and the cow hitch cuff and practice them with crotch rope and a hip harnesses.
Day 14: Quick Release – aka Yuki knot – Learn a quick release knot and a quick release cuff and use them to make an adjustable shrimp tie, aka ebi shibari.

Or skip directly to The Chest for more techniques.

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